By JEAMMA E. SABATE
August 23, 2009
A computer expert said Sunday that there is need for the Commission on
Election (Comelec) to adopt cyber security amid fears of internet
hacking as the Philippine is set to go for poll automation this 2010.
Speaking at the Balitaan sa Tinapayan news forum held in Sampaloc,
Manila, computer expert Dante Mara raised the concern of hacking because
the system to be used by consortium of Smartmatic-Total Information
Management Corp. (TIM) may be susceptible to hacking of internal data
The Smartmatic will supply the precinct count optical scan (PCOS)
machines that the Comelec will use in automating the 2010 national
Mara stressed that the Comelec should opt for a closed loop network that
would not be open to outside influences.
"There is no assurance from Comelec and Smartmatic that there will be no
problem on mode of connectivity and the outside influences as they will
be using worldwide net," he said.
"The Smartmatic will be using overlaying network using satellite so the
data will be transmitted to the main from regional and provincial. The
system is good but many factors can affect the transmittal like the
clouds, the rains and most importantly the power supply. What if they
encounter powers supply interruption?," he asked,
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